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#1 Tim B

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Posted 20 May 2010 - 04:43

Tried to search for old threads and couldn't find any on this one. A bit of a surprise as I thought most awards have been discussed already.

Here are two Volunteer Combattant Medals for WWI service. First one shown has the word "Voluntariis" on the reverse.
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#2 Tim B

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Posted 20 May 2010 - 04:48

Here's the other variety with "Volontariis" on the reverse.

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#3 Tim B

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Posted 20 May 2010 - 04:52

The fronts are virtually identical with the two soldiers representing the 1830's and WW1 eras.

Designer's mark is on the right edge.
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Posted 20 May 2010 - 04:54

The reverse is where the difference is. Not sure why two different spellings; anyone?
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Posted 20 May 2010 - 09:42

According to Andre Borne, in his book "Distinctions Honorifiques de la Belgique", the inscription on this medal should be VOLONTARIIS. He does note that there is a variant with the inscription VOLUNTARIIS.

Hope this helps.

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#6 Kvart

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Posted 10 January 2014 - 12:17

Volunteer members of Force Publique, were they awarded this medal?



#7 TacHel

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Posted 11 January 2014 - 15:45

Are you suggesting these might be fakes?  Their low value kind of contradicts such an undertaking don't you agree?  Different makers?  

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Posted 12 January 2014 - 22:04

I just checked the web sites of 2 European and 1 North American dealers, they hold multiple examples of both variants all advertised as original...

 

I honestly had never noticed this before.  Any expert opinion on this?



#9 Detlev

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 21:27

As you mention it, François, both are seen as authentiques.

So, the VOLUNTARIIS version is not fake.

 

Only difference, according to 'Borné' is the finishing of the medal itself :

by the VOLONTARIIS version, the medal is in patinated bronze, while the VOLUNTARIIS version should be more patinated dark ocre-yellowish instead of bronze...

 

Cheers,

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Posted 03 February 2014 - 17:43

Here is my set of Volunteer Combattant Medals:

 

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Not that the version without inscription is smaller (demi taille?)

 

Best regards,

 

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#11 belgoman

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 21:40

hello, the smaller one is issued by the association of volunteers (Fédération nationale des Volontaires de guerre) and thus is a non-official item.

Hope this helps,

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Posted 13 July 2014 - 20:05

Thanks for the explanation!

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